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October 15, 2004

Exploring Archaeology: Northwest Native Survival StrategiesFamily Day

Sun., Oct. 24,
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Seattle—Get your hands dirty during the Burke Museum’s Exploring Archaeology family program at the Burke Museum, Sun., Oct. 24. A highlight of the day includes a mock archaeology dig -- using real field equipment to excavate, record, and interpret artifacts. Once excavated, the artifacts can be taken inside for identification and cataloging.

Would you have what it takes to survive in the Pacific Northwest – if you lived thousands of years ago? Where would you sleep? What would you eat? This year, the popular annual event focuses on Northwest Coast Native American survival strategies, with displays and activities covering the variety of survival skills and tactics implemented thousands of years ago.

Learn how to make tools out of stone, and how to dry clams for the winter. Go on a treasure hunt through the museum to find objects. Learn about what kinds of houses Northwest Natives lived in. Listen to stories from Native Puyallup storyteller Roger Fernandes as he shares tales about the Southern Duwamish people, including the story of North Wind’s Fishing Weir, which conveys cultural wisdom about how indigenous people have long tracked the changes in seasons. Archaeologists-in-the-know will also be readily available to answer questions.

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The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/ youth. Admission is free to children 4 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum,org.

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